Look Out for the Fitzgerald Trouts


The first adventure in a rollicking, brilliantly imagined new middle grade series by award-winning poet and screenwriter Esta Spalding, with illustrations by rising new talent Sydney Smith.

Kim Fitzgerald-Trout took to driving with ease--as most children would if their parents would ever let them try. She had to. After all, she and her siblings live in a car.

Meet the Fitzgerald-Trouts, a band of four loosely related children living together on a lush tropical island. They take care of themselves. They sleep in their car, bathe in the ocean, eat fish they catch and fruit they pick, and can drive anywhere they need to go--to the school, the laundromat, or the drive-in. If they put their minds to it, the Fitzgerald-Trouts can do anything. Even, they hope, find a real home.

PRAISE FOR Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts:

"Itâ's goofy, sweet, and buoyant with good will - Pippi Longstocking for our more hyperactive times." --The Horn Book

"If this sounds like the set up for a preposterous tale that incorporates a fantastical plot, quirky characters, and some child-friendly amorality, that's because Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts is exactly that and more . . . This is plain fun with an edge, after a Dahl-esque fashion." --Quill & Quire

"Spalding, a poet and screenwriter making her children's book debut, balances the direness of their situation with over-the-top characters and humor-driven narration. If the story's magic lies in its Dahl-esque approach to topics like homelessness and parental neglect, its heart lies in the relationship between these four mutually devoted children." --Publishers Weekly

Juvenile Fiction / Family - Siblings / Social Themes - Homelessness & Poverty / Humorous Stories
Ages 8-12

256 pages | 5.25" x 7.69" Paperback